'Rising stars' in cardiology research win Blumenthal Prizes
Johns Hopkins Heart Institute will recognize
outstanding research enterprise with annual prizes named in
honor of the late Hopkins physician Stanley L. Blumenthal,
BA '39 and MD '43. The awards will be given annually in the
fields of basic science, translational medicine and
clinical science to three postdoctoral fellows. Each will
receive a $1,000 cash prize and a commemorative plaque
recognizing the best in cardiovascular research.
A ceremony awarding the first prizes was held Oct. 26
in the JHH Houck Lobby.
"These awards honor the best in Hopkins cardiology,
something my family is proud to support," said Blumenthal's
son, cardiologist Roger S. Blumenthal, also a Hopkins
alumnus, BA '81, and an associate professor and director of
the Ciccarone Preventive Cardiology Center at the School of
Recipients of the 2006 Blumenthal awards are Peter
Johnston (basic science), for a study on stem cell
therapies in pigs after heart attack; Richard T. George
(translational science), for a study designed to improve
heart imaging in patients for the early detection of
coronary artery disease; and Brian G. Kral (clinical
science), for research about the limited protective benefit
from "good cholesterol" in families with a history of
coronary artery disease.
The three studies have been selected for presentation
at this year's Scientific Sessions of the American Heart
Association meeting to be held in November in Chicago.
Spaghetti Bridge Contest tests the skills of future
An always popular engineering event — a
Spaghetti Bridge Contest in which first-year students use
their noodles to build weight-bearing bridges —
begins at 3 p.m. (viewing at 1:30) on Sunday, Nov. 5, in
Homewood's Glass Pavilion.
The bridges, which are constructed of only spaghetti
and glue and must span 1 meter, are made by teams of
students in the introductory course What is Engineering?
Students whose bridges hold at least 10 kilograms (about 22
lbs.) are excused from the final exam, and the winning team
takes home $100.
Last year's winning bridge held 56 kilos (about 123
lbs.) before it snapped.
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